Jailed Iranian American begins starvation strike, appeals to Biden | Information
Siamak Namazi was arrested in October 2015 and charged with attempting to overthrow the state, which he denies.
An Iranian American imprisoned in Iran has began a seven-day starvation strike and appealed to United States President Joe Biden to convey him dwelling.
Siamak Namazi made the plea on Monday in a letter to Biden on the seventh anniversary of the discharge of 5 US residents in a prisoner change with Iran, choreographed to coincide with the implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Namazi was arrested in October 2015 on prices of attempting to overthrow the state, accusations Namazi denies.
His father Baquer, who travelled to Iran in 2016 out of concern for his detained son, had additionally been arrested on espionage-related prices and launched two years later however banned from travelling. He was lastly allowed to depart Iran in October for medical remedy.
Namazi stated in his letter he could be on a starvation strike for seven days, asking Biden to spend one minute a day for the following week fascinated by the struggling of US residents detained in Iran.
They embody environmentalist Morad Tahbaz, 67, who additionally has British nationality, and businessman Emad Shargi, 58.
“When the Obama Administration unconscionably left me in peril and freed the opposite Americans Iran held hostage on January 16, 2016, the US Authorities promised my household to have me safely dwelling inside weeks,” Namazi stated within the open letter launched by his lawyer, Jared Genser.
“But seven years and two presidents later, I stay caged in Tehran’s infamous Evin jail.”
“My captors get pleasure from taunting me about that reality by saying issues like: ‘How can the one you love America be so heartless? Not one however two US presidents freed others however left you behind!’” Namazi stated.
Requested for remark, a White Home Nationwide Safety Council spokesperson stated the federal government was dedicated to securing Namazi’s freedom.
“We’re working tirelessly to convey him dwelling together with all US residents who’re wrongfully detained in Iran,” the spokesperson stated. “Iran’s wrongful detention of US residents to be used as political leverage is outrageous.”
Iran’s authorities usually refuses to acknowledge twin citizenship and on Saturday introduced the execution of a British citizen, Alireza Akbari, accused of spying for his adopted nation.
Akbari had beforehand served as a deputy defence minister in Iran and was accused by its authorities of involvement within the assassination of a nuclear scientist.